“I had an awful outbreak of jock itch when I was a grad student working in a lab where we were really immersed in fungal spores. They were everywhere. I think everyone in that lab got a skin infection. It was really unpleasant seeing this pinkish circle expanding, ever-expanding over my …”—Botanist Nicholas Money, on the perils of working with fungi
“What’s different about Radiolab (and what I think is changing about the web) is that it *is* a production, just one of a very new kind. Radiolab is actually post-blog and post-livestream. It’s not aping the oratory of old or the raggedness of the new. It’s a hybrid that takes lessons from the past, recent and deep. That’s where I think web journalism is headed, too. “No one wants to read a 9,000-word treatise online,” reads a telling line from Sullivan piece. “On the Web, one-sentence links are as legitimate as thousand-word diatribes—in fact, they are often valued more.””—How ‘Radiolab’ Is Changing the Sound of the Radio - Alexis Madrigal - Technology - The Atlantic (via thisistheverge)
“Religion has been an important part of my understanding, my inquiry into what it means to be human. I feel like that religions generally ask the biggest questions. They may not always have the best answers, but they’re the zone of human activity that regularly asks the biggest questions.”—Playwright and novelist Ayad Akhtar. His debut novel, American Dervish, tells the story of Hayat Shah, a Pakistani-American boy in Milwaukee coming to terms with his religion and identity.
I have the NPR music app on my iPhone, but I can't find a way to stream the workout mix through the app. I also can't find the podcast on iTunes. Am I missing something, or can it only be streamed through a computer? I was in a workout song rut so I'm really hoping to listen to it. Thanks!
Edit: Here’s the update from the NPR Music People: "It will be in the app by the end of the day. Just need to update some ugly xml file with the dev team. Users will be able to find it under Radio Streams."
“Numerous historians and political scientists have documented that the war on drugs was part of a grand Republican Party strategy known as the “Southern strategy” of using racially coded ‘get-tough’ appeals on issues of crime and welfare to appeal to poor and working-class whites, particularly in the South, who were resentful of, anxious about and threatened by many of the gains of African-Americans in the civil rights movement.”—Michelle Alexander on President Reagan’s War On Drugs. [complete interview here]
“Today there are more African-Americans under correctional control — in prison or jail, on probation or parole — than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began.”—Michelle Alexander, on the number of blacks in the criminal justice system. On Monday’s Fresh Air, Alexander details how President Reagan’s war on drugs led to a mass incarceration of black males and the difficulties these felons face after serving their prison sentences.
“[The young black males are] shuttled into prisons, branded as criminals and felons, and then when they’re released, they’re relegated to a permanent second-class status, stripped of the very rights supposedly won in the civil rights movement — like the right to vote, the right to serve on juries, the right to be free of legal discrimination and employment, and access to education and public benefits. Many of the old forms of discrimination that we supposedly left behind during the Jim Crow era are suddenly legal again, once you’ve been branded a felon.”—In her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, legal scholar Michelle Alexander writes that many of the gains of the civil rights movement have been undermined by the mass incarceration of black Americans in the war on drugs.
I've listened to Fresh Air and Terry Gross since I was a baby (ok, maybe I didn't understand it as a baby, but since I was a little kid), and I've tried to mentally correct myself every time I read it this way, but every single time I see the words "Fresh Air", my brain still processes it as "Fresh Hair", even when the words have a space between them! J'accuse! You are trying to send subliminal messages from hair-based secret societies who you clearly work for!
“Today there are more African-Americans under correctional control, — in prison or jail, on probation or parole – than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began. There are millions of African-Americans now cycling in and out of prisons and jails or under correctional control. In major American cities today, more than half of working-age African-American men or either under correctional control or branded felons and are thus subject to legalized discrimination for the rest of their lives.”— legal scholar Michelle Alexander. On Monday’s Fresh Air, Alexander talks about how the mass incarceration of African-Americans in the War on Drugs has undermined many of the gains of the Civil Rights movement.
“Even at this early point in the latest, very welcome comeback by Bill Moyers, only one nagging question remains: How long will it be before he books Stephen Colbert?”—David Bianculli talks about Bill Moyers’ appearance on The Colbert Report and his return to TV.
“As these new channels come in and start getting popular, it’s going to be less likely that you’re going to stumble on things that are out of left field because that’s the way the site is going to be reoriented: towards the hit-makers and less towards the random people. They’ll still be there, but they’ll be harder to find. And that would be kind of a loss.”—John Seabrook on how YouTube plans to start promoting more professional content streams.
“There are the Sid and Nancy fans, who — for them, you have done nothing over the last 25 years. Basically, ‘We like you as an actor, but oh my God, we love you in Sid and Nancy.’”—Gary Oldman on his fans.
Will you please use lowercase characters for your prepositions in the podcast descriptions? If no, please explain yourself and leave me your mailing address so I can send you a live tiger shark to bite off your happy shift key pinky.
my happy shift key pinky will happily do as you wish, if you promise never to send a live tiger shark (to, around, beneath, besides, in, towards) my office.
update: no need to snark on the asker. he’s kidding. :)